Cork bathed in sunshine for Ireland squad assembley...30/05/2016
The Irish squad resumed preparations for their European Championship foray at a sunny Fota Island in Cork this afternoon. Injury concern James McCarthy did some light training but Robbie Keane did not train, having had an injection for a calf strain. Harry Arter was forced to cut short his session with a new groin/thigh injury and is going for a scan. David Forde, Keiren Westwood and David Meyler linked up with the squad following completion of their club commitments. Kevin Doyle is not present and it has now been confirmed that he is on the standby list. Early this evening, Sweden, our opening EURO competitors, take on Slovenia in a friendly encounter in Malmo and the Swedes complete their preparation with a friendly contest against Wales in the Friends Arena, Solna on Sunday the 5th June 2016.
Irish involvement in League Two play-off final...30/05/2016
The League Two promotion play-off final has been won by AFC Wimbledon who defeated Plymouth Argyle by two goals to nil at Wembley Stadium this afternoon. The defeated side from Devon included Graham Carey and Carl McHugh while U18 international Ryan Sweeney was an unused substitute for the victorious London side.
Irish involvement in League One play-off final...29/05/2016
The League One promotion play-off final has been won by Barnsley who defeated Millwall by three goals to one at Wembley Stadium this afternoon. The Yorkshire side was captained by Conor Hourihane while Aiden White was an unused substitute. The defeated London club is home to David Forde, Shaun Williams and Aiden O'Brien.
Surveillance attention focussed on Italy in Valletta...29/05/2016
Irish eyes were expected to be in action when Italy, another of our European Championship Group E rivals, defeated a very limp Scotland by one goal to nil in a friendly international on Sunday evening in the Ta'Qali Stadium, Malta. The goal came twelve minutes into the second half and was scored by Graziano Pelle, strike colleague of Shane Long at Southampton.
Airtricity League action set for Sunday afternoon...29/05/2016
Echoes of days gone by may have sprung to the surface for the older brigade of followers when the full Airtricity League programme for this weekend was played on Sunday afternoon. Bohemian crushed St Patrick's Athletic by five goals to one in Dalymount Park while the Brandywell saw Derry City defeat Bray Wanderers by two goals to nil. Leaders Dundalk were given quite a fright by Wexford Youths in Oriel Park before emerging as three two victors while Eamonn Deacy Park witnessed Galway United going down by two goals to one at home to Sligo Rovers. The City Calling Stadium hosted the the three nil defeat of Longford Town by Cork City and Shamrock Rovers played out a one all draw with Finn Harps in Tallaght Stadium.
Irish involvement in Championship play-off final...28/05/2016
The prize of Premier League football went to Hull City, following their one nil victory over Sheffield Wednesday in the Championship play-off final at Wembley Stadium this afternoon. David Meyler was introduced from the substitute bench for the 'Tigers' with five minutes remaining, while Keiren Westwood was the last line of defence for the vanquished 'Owls'.
Irish eyes on Geneva surveillance duty?...28/05/2016
European Championship Group E rivals Belgium were expected to be under watchful Irish eyes when they came from behind to defeat Switzerland by two goals to one in a friendly international this afternoon in Geneva.
Ireland concede late equaliser to Holland...27/05/2016
Tonight's friendly international with Holland in the Aviva Stadium ended in a one all draw with the visitors scoring five minutes from the end to equalise Shane Long's opening goal on thirty minutes. A crowd of 42,438 witnessed an interesting contest with a draw probably a fair outcome as the visitors dominated possession with a more direct Ireland having more scoring opportunities. The match may have been seen as something of an audition for four players with 'man of the match' Harry Arter the big winner. Despite being culpable for the Dutch equaliser, Shane Duffy gave an otherwise solid performance. David McGoldrick and Stephen Quinn were steady without being too conspicuous and may be concerned about their chances of final squad selection. There were five substitutions made, all in the midfield area, with Jeff Hendrick, Wes Hoolihan and James McClean all likely final squad members but both Darron Gibson and Eunan O'Kane may have significant doubts concerning their selection.
Ireland starting eleven this Friday evening...27/05/2016
Martin O'Neill has named his starting eleven for this evening's friendly international against Holland in the Aviva Stadium. Team: D Randolph; S Coleman, J O' Shea (c), S Duffy, R Brady; G Whelan, S Quinn, H Arter, J Walters, D McGoldrick; S Long. Dundalk goalkeeper Gary Rogers, who has been assisting at training all week, is named on the substitute bench.
Thursday morning training session at Abbotstown ...26/05/2016
The Irish management team put the squad through their paces at the NTC Abbotstown on Thursday morning in preparation for the Aviva Stadium meeting with Holland on Friday evening. James McCarthy again sat out the session and manager Martin O'Neill confirmed that he would not be available for the Holland friendly and is unlikely to make the Belarus encounter in Cork on Tuesday evening. Noticeable also, was the absence of Shay Given from training, with Dundalk custodian Gary Rogers continuing to lend his presence to the session. The manager did indicate that John O'Shea would start with Ciaran Clark still nursing a slight injury.
Pre EURO 2016 Social function a roaring success...21/05/2016
A sold out attendance of 114 members, family and friends enjoyed our Pre EURO 2016 Fish & Chip Supper event at the Clayton Crown Hotel on Friday evening. Our special guest Steve Guppy, forwards coach with our senior international team and long time ally of Martin O'Neill, proved a wonderfully engaging visitor and provided an insight into the roles and contribution made behind the scenes to our qualification success and ongoing preparations for the upcoming European Championships. We also had the opportunity to share with Steve, memories of his own successful playing career highlighted by League Cup Final success with Leicester City in 2000 and a Scottish Championship medal with Glasgow Celtic in 2002. Steve was also a twice FA Trophy winner, at the start of his career with Wycombe Wanderers and towards the end of his playing days with Stevenage Borough. The latter success was at the new Wembley Stadium with Steve becoming the first ever player to collect winner's medals at both the old and the new stadium. During his time with Leicester City, Steve was capped once by England, playing in a two one succes over, ironically, Belgium. The evening was rounded off with a storming music session provided by 'Loose Covers' who travelled from Gloucester to entertain us.
Versailles set to be Ireland base for EURO 2016...18/12/2015
Ireland will be based at the Trianon Palace Hotel on the outskirts of Versailles during their EURO 2016 foray. Training will take place at the Stade de Montbauron, the home of AFC Versailles. Located on the Western edge of Paris, the city is best known as the location of the Palace or Chateau de Versailles built by King Louis XIV.